Zendaya has been a beacon of inspiration as of late. She blew us away with her empowering speech at the Teen Choice Awards, encouraging teens to pursue education and become the leaders of tomorrow. Now that she’s 21, the role model continues to be an example for her young fanbase, sending out a powerful message that you don’t need to drink to have fun.

In fact, the young starlet celebrated her major birthday milestone yesterday by *not* having any alcohol. She explained her decision in a short note on her website, writing, “Today I turn 21! Holla!!! But just because I’m now the legal drinking age, doesn’t mean I’m going to start throwing ’em back. I don’t plan to start drinking.”

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She had good reason for her decision. As she shared with fans, “My life is too stressful to need help with relaxing by having a cocktail. This industry is way too nuts for me to not be in control of myself and my decisions, so I just don’t want to introduce drinking! Plus, I don’t want drinking to become a vice. Why try something if you don’t need it?!” So true, girl!

Meanwhile, Zendaya’s Spider-Man: Homecoming co-star, Tom Holland (and erroneously rumored beau), helped her make the most of her big day with a hilarious Instagram post full of well-wishes. “Thinking about how to get taller 😂,” the 21-year-old wrote on a shot of the two back-to-back. “Happy birthday mate. Miss you and I’ll have a drink for you. #21stbirthday.” Too cute!

As for the “Keep It Movin’ singer herself, she was busy promoting Convoy of Hope in support of Hurricane Harvey victims. “As you guys know, every year I like to do a very special project and help give back to the community or the world,” she shared in a video post. “This year, unfortunately, due to everything that’s been happening in Houston, I have partnered with Convoy of Hope.” Explaining that the organization had already donated 500,000 pounds in relief supplies, she pleaded with fans to donate $10 to the cause by texting ZHOPE to 50555 or logging on to the website as her birthday wish. Here’s to hoping it comes true!

Happy birthday, Zendaya!

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